Posted by Brandon Niles
Friday, June 29, 2018 - 8:23pm
After three steady seasons of over 1,000 receiving yards, and some of the most steady fantasy production at the tight end position this side of Rob Gronkowski, a foot injury limited Greg Olsen to only seven games and 17 receptions last year. Olsen, if healthy, should return to being a focal point of the Panthers offense, and he’s always been a favorite target of quarterback Cam Newton. Even with minimal production due to his foot, he was on pace for 86 targets last season. He was targeted over 100 times in each of the five seasons prior.
Olsen turned 33 in March and it isn’t a foregone conclusion he’ll return to his Pro Bowl form after missing so much time last year. It’s very possible we’ve seen the end of Olsen as a prominent fantasy option. The emergence of Christian McCaffrey and Devin Funchess as viable options in the passing game may result in Newton focusing on Olsen less. Torrey Smith and D.J. Moore may also cut into his targets.
2018 Bottom Line
Olsen is a risky option at his age, but he certainly has a tremendous track record when it comes to consistent production. He’s been a weekly starter for much of his career. He seems just barely worth the risk at his sixth-round ADP, though, but a greater investment probably isn’t warranted with other value at the position in the eighth round and later.